How many of us would describe the daily slog of parenting as a never-ending ball game – planning moves, dodging challenges, playing and replaying moves over and over in your head to get to the other side of those imaginary goal posts? But while it may feel like we’re all madly fumbling the ball –
Have a think about the word ‘culture’ and what it means to you. Fifteen seconds is about all you need. It’s OK, we’ll wait for you… Did you think about a dusty museum with one of those stuffed ‘world’s oldest’ tortoises? Art galleries with pictures your three-year-old could have finger-painted? Or did your mind go
You’ve just had the same argument you always have with your partner — the one where you end up yelling “You never listen to me!”. Your four-year-old is watching TV while demanding that you brush her hair, again, because there were imaginary bumps in her ponytail. Meanwhile, your 12-year-old son is pretending you don’t exist,
It’s 7.52am. It’s rush hour. The dishwasher door is stuck, the humidity has made the bread mouldy and your six-year-old has decided the seam in her uniform is annoying and has stripped off just before you’re about to head out the door. Argghh! Why me?!! Everyone else seems to have it together. But you’d be
As parents, our most important role is to keep our children safe. That can mean keeping them buckled up in the car, teaching them to swim, or checking under the bed for the sock monster every night. We also want to protect them from sadness, disappointment and failure, because we want them to be
Around one-fifth (22%) of all Aussie children are regularly cared for by their grandparents, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2014). Sometimes grandparents become the primary carers of their grandkids and it’s good to know advice, guidance and support is available. The Time for Grandparents Program is a Queensland initiative and we sat down
You might have heard of the phrase ‘carrying the mental load’. It’s all the thinking, planning, organising, shuffling and list-making going on in your head to manage life. Parents juggle a lot and everyone’s mental load is different, but have you ever stopped to wonder what it’s like for parents who have a child (or
Do you remember your teenage years? The all-consuming emotional rollercoaster of friendships, fitting in, navigating relationships, self-doubt, peer pressure, establishing your identity and independence all the while trying to balance study and life. And then add the complexities of today’s online world – it’s little wonder teenagers (and their parents) can feel like they’re carrying
It’s time to talk about Dad’s baby blues (and we don’t mean his eyes). Most parents will agree those first few months with a newborn are some of the toughest they’ll ever have. But while medical practitioners and those close to the family are keeping a keen eye on mum, are they paying enough attention
You know the feeling: The endless cycle of school drop-offs and pick-ups has become mind numbing. The struggle of getting the kids ready for school without tantrums has drained you of energy. You’re feeling more run down than usual, and it’s that special type of run down that comes with being a mum. It’s #mumdown.
We’ve all heard the advice “work smarter, not harder.” We apply it to so many aspects of our life, so why not parenting? When we work smarter at the office, at uni, on a job site, or even at the gym, it’s usually because we’ve found better ways of doing things or asked for help.
Parenting is hard. There’s no doubting that. But there’s an age-old debate about whether it’s an innate skill that kicks in the minute your precious little one is born or whether it’s something that’s taught and passed on from one generation to the next. There’s been so much research on the subject and on the
Stress – we’ve all felt it. It’s the tension or strain we feel when we’re faced with a challenge, especially if we don’t have the resources (time, money, energy, knowledge) to deal with the challenge. Being a parent is one role that can cause a lot of stress. Caring for a demanding little human, while